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All employees have a right to discrimination-free hiring processes and environments under the Civil Rights Act. Despite this law prohibiting such actions, some employers still discriminate against their employees based on sex, gender, race, ethnicity, and other factors. If you’ve been a victim of employment discrimination, California law allows you to file a claim against your employer or another responsible party.
Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer
When you choose to file a claim for employment discrimination, you need the best possible legal representation to protect your rights. When you work with one of our lawyers, you’ve enlisted the help of a law firm that:
- Has recovered more than $750 million for our clients.
- Works with commitment, passion, and dedication to bring your case to the best potential resolution.
- Works on a contingency fee basis, only requiring payment once we resolve your case successfully.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
When filing an employment discrimination claim, it is possible to begin the process without an attorney. However, errors in your claim can lead to delays and case dismissals. If your initial claim is successful, you may still need to face the other party in court, where it can be difficult to stand on equal ground with a company that has vast financial resources.
Working with a skilled employment discrimination attorney does more than help you through the claims process. Legal assistance can also help you determine if you have a case, provide you with the familiarity of relevant employment laws, and put you on equal footing against an employer in court, representing you to help earn your full potential compensation.
Employment Discrimination Laws in California
While federal law prohibits discrimination, California laws also include restrictions on what is permissible in the workplace. Aside from race, religion, color, marital status, medical conditions, sexual orientation, military status, and other factors included in federal law, California also addresses discrimination against people predisposed to genetic hereditary disease and those who speak other languages.
California laws have broader definitions of physical and mental disabilities and conditions than federal law, and they also don’t require a substantial limitation on a major life activity or consideration of mitigating measures in definition of disability. The required size of an employer to file for discrimination is also smaller than those covered under federal law.
What Damages Can I Recover?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, different types of compensation may be available:
- Lost wages. If discrimination or wrongful termination lead to lost wages, you can recover any past, present, and future wages directly connected to the discriminatory actions. The same rule can apply to lost benefits.
- Emotional distress. Discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination can lead to emotional distress, such as depression, high blood pressure, anxiety, and other conditions.
- Punitive damages. As employment discrimination is a violation of law, the court may require the responsible party to pay punitive damages.
Get Legal Representation
An attorney can help you correctly determine your case’s damages and work to help you earn your rightful compensation. When you’re ready to begin your claims process, seek the help of Rafii & Associates, P.C.